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No to treating our way out of the epidemic, say South African experts

No, we cannot treat our way out of the HIV epidemic, was the resounding sentiment of a panel of expert clinicians and the audience, at a debate

Published
21 October 2014
By
Lesley Odendal
Limited support for key populations undermines Ugandan HIV control

Uganda’s HIV/AIDS control efforts have been undermined by a lack of consensus and clarity over which people constitute Key Populations (KPs) to be targeted in various prevention, care and treatment efforts, say experts.

Published
16 October 2014
From
IRIN
Thai patients to receive free HIV drugs, regardless of CD4 count

The Thai Public Health Ministry has started distributing free antiretroviral drugs to all HIV patients in a move to expand treatment coverage and place them under the state's monitoring system. Previously, HIV patients would receive the drugs only if their number of CD4 cells — which mark the presence of HIV antibodies — decreased to 350, compared with 500 in normal people. From Wednesday, all HIV patients would have access to the drugs without the need for a CD4 count, Deputy Public Health Minister Somsak Chunharas said on Wednesday.

Published
02 October 2014
From
Bangkok Post
NYC promotes acceptance of controversial HIV drug

New York City's health department is advertising on gay hookup apps and lobbying doctors to promote wider use of a controversial anti-HIV pill that vastly cuts the risk of infection. But the therapy has stoked infighting among AIDS activists over promiscuity and safer sex practices.

Published
01 October 2014
From
Newsday
Hard choices in Russia as the final HIV grant proposal is submitted

The concept note delivered on 8 September for Russia's last HIV grant from the Global Fund was a perfect illustration of the conundrum facing a growing number of Eastern European/Central Asian countries: how to do more with less to fight a widening HIV epidemic. As more countries from the region 'graduate' from Global Fund eligibility due to their income classification, the funds that they could once count on to support prevention, harm reduction and other programs targeting vulnerable populations are disappearing. And there is little evidence that most national budgets are prepared or able to fill the vacuum.

Published
25 September 2014
From
Aidspan
London gay men: 2% of the population, a quarter of the sexually transmitted infections and half of HIV infections

Men who have sex with men (MSM) living in London have particularly poor sexual health and this is worsening, Public Health England warn in a report published

Published
24 September 2014
By
Roger Pebody
Has Jacob Zuma hurt the fight against AIDS more than Thabo Mbeki?

Has South African president Jacob Zuma set back the the fight against HIV/AIDS more than his predecessor? Opposition leader Helen Zille believes so but the evidence shows otherwise.

Published
23 September 2014
From
Africa Check
Stigma, ambivalence and other priorities – explaining poor adherence to PrEP and vaginal microbicides

HIV stigma, the danger of being mistakenly labelled as having HIV, ambivalence about the research process, confusion about the use of antiretrovirals to prevent infection, as well

Published
19 September 2014
By
Roger Pebody
San Francisco Official Says He Takes Truvada to Prevent H.I.V., and More Gay Men Should, Too

Scott Wiener, a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, made an unusual public announcement on Wednesday: He takes Truvada, a daily antiviral pill, to greatly reduce his risk of contracting HIV.

Published
18 September 2014
From
New York Times
Why Are HIV Rates So High in Russia?

Russia is home to one of the fastest-growing HIV and AIDS epidemics in the world, abetted by policies that promote infections rather than curbing them.

Published
16 September 2014
From
International Business Times
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